Shakib Al Hasan currently holds the most amount of runs among all other batsmen in the ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup. With a total of 384 runs in 4 matches and two 100s, Shakib finally got the limelight he deserved for so long.
British newspaper the Telegraph, in their long 731 words report, started from the very beginning of Shakib’s career when he was only 13 years old. They mentioned the Liberation War in 1971 and how cricket had got a strong root in Bangladesh since then.
The newspaper also mentioned that there’s ‘a tendency to call Shakib underrated’ because he is not from one of the sport’s ‘traditional titans’.
Shakib Al-Hasan, leading the dreams of million cricket fans in Bangladesh towards the World Cup was announced the top all-rounder in all three formats at once in 2015. Telegraph called him ‘a constant beacon of excellence’ in their report.
Unlike any other sportsmen, Shakib also had ups and downs in his career. For example, he was suspended by the board for six months after disagreements with the coach. We have seen him being parts of negative news multiple times because of his short tempers. But nothing stopped Shakib from becoming what he became now. He is still the number one allrounder in ODI format and number 2 in both test and t20 format.
Even though the report of the Telegraph clearly focused on the Shakib, it didn’t discredit the achievement of the whole Bangladesh team in any way. The report ends with the following paragraph.
“Perhaps more than the innings itself, Shakib’s celebrations after seeing Bangladesh to their impudent chase of 322 against the West Indies distilled his contribution to his nation’s cricket. He marked the moment of victory by shaking his partner’s hands in an almost perfunctory manner. Shakib expects to deliver in all climes. And, now, so do his team.”